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I'll be at the Court of Session this morning. Developments likely in the @andywightman MSP case, where a company suing him for alleged defamation & a bankruptcy-inducing £750k has lost its legal-agents. Case has dragged for 20 months.
In Court 4 before Lord Angus Glennie. Both parties present. Representative rises for Wightman, raising concerns over pursuer seeking lay representation on behalf of the company raising the action.
Counsel for Wightman is pointing to the accounts of Wildcat Haven, & stating that Paul O’Donoghue - seeking to appear for pursuer - has certain financial interests that disqualify him from appearing.
Lord Glennie sounding very unimpressed by this. Raising issue of corporate veil between individuals & separation of corporate entities. ‘Idea - day I was a Shell shareholder - that I could not represent any action that impacts that...that’s nonsense.’
Glennie begins to question Paul O’Donoghue. O’D states that his party cannot pay for legal representation. Glennie allows him & his wife to appear, waiving written requirements.
Breaking: Party that has pursued MSP @andywightman since 2017 with a bankruptcy-threatening £750,000 legal claim that would remove him from parliament has asked to reduce their claim to £99,000 & move the case from the Court of Session to the Sheriff Court.
Lord Glennie raises concern that pursuer states they have no funds to go ahead with planned action in 4 weeks, after court service has prepared for the hearing for so long.
Unimpressed is the theme. Lord Glennie sounding sceptical. O’Donoghue says the party is seeking justice & is confident in its case.
Paul O’Donoghue claims, inaccurately or at least vaguely, in court that @andywightman is funded by ‘public funded money’. He has funded the high court costs through private small donations.
Counsel for Wightman opposes the motion for amendment. Says it’s simply too late: ‘They waited 2 & a half years to come to proof, & this motion comes far too late.’
Paul O’Donoghue thanks Wightman’s Counsel for educating him on how the Sheriff Court works. Says he now realises it would be a ‘far more appropriate’ location. This exhausting stressful legal process started 20 months ago! Incredible.
Breaking: Lord Glennie refuses the pursuer’s motion to move to Sheriff Court. Given they say they can’t afford action, it’s hard to see where they go from here. Massive boost to @andywightman’s position.
Rather farcical here. Paul O’Donoghue says ‘I have 28 days’ for submission. Lord Glennie corrects him that he only has half a day to do so. The pursuer asks for a delay, & Glennie accepts a delay of 7 days for correct documents to be lodged.
‘I fear I will not see this court again,’ O’Donoghue concludes. Court rises.
I’ve had some [adjectives redacted for legal reasons] conversations with the pursuers, Paul & Emily O’Donoghue. They say they want justice - & are struggling to cover the costs to continue the action.
.@andywightman, responding to today’s hearing, told me: ‘I am pleased today’s motion to remit [to the Sheriff Court] was defeated - far too late for that nonsense. We are ready to defend this case.’ Has said there may be further developments today...
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